Chinese phone brand Xiaomi to be sued by Apple for Xiaomi M2 design?

Apple recent win over Samsung has had reporters looking for the next victim to fall foul of Apple’s lawyers, and some Chinese reports think Xiaomi might be next!

One Chinese website have published the story “Is Xiaomi M2 design plagiarism?” and have taken a close look at the new Xiaomi M2’s design in comparison to Apple’s designs and also fellow Chinese brand Meizu’s designs.

If you are familiar with the Xiaomi M2 and Meizu Mx quad-core phone you can easily see where Cxroom are coming from, the new Xiaomi M2 design looks a lot like the Meizu MX down to the camera in the middle of the back and white back panel.

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But what design ideas might Xiaomi have borrowed from Apple? The M2 and Mx are both nothing like the current iPhone 4S or the upcoming iPhone 5 for that matter, however the Xiaomi M2 does look alot like the edge of a unibody Macbook pro when viewed from the side!

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I’m not to sure how much of a case Apple would have against Xiaomi if they were to try to sue them, and I’m sure Apple wouldn’t fare well in a Chinese court, however a Xiaomi vs Meizu patent battle could be more realistic and I’m surprised that Meizu’s CEO Jack Ma hasn’t already suggested the idea.

What do you think? Could Xiaomi be sued for design copyright for the Xiaomi M2’s design?

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  1. August 27, 2012

    If there is anything, apple should sue goophone instead or to set things right again for them, apple should innovate more or make cheaper item. Yeah, getting tired of the way Apple handles the competition.

  2. L3viz
    August 28, 2012

    I hate everything about Apple. They stole alot of ideas of other companies themselfs. But now because they are on top again and have a huge fanbase of idiotic people who pay way to much for a device, they think they can do everything they want.

    Hope they go down again like 10 years ago.

    • August 28, 2012

      I hope they go down again like they did 10 years ago too. I want some cheap Apple stock ;P

    • ksafan0
      March 17, 2014

      Yeah, down coz I want the real apple to eat.

  3. August 28, 2012

    Haha you cannot sue the Chinese companies when will they learn…

  4. teja
    August 28, 2012

    @Geodex : i wonder why ??? apple can’t sue Chinese i-phone knock off manufacturers like gooapple , goophone , ku phone as they selling in markets without any problems .

    • August 28, 2012

      Remember what happened between Apple and Proview? I think it will be a while before they try taking on another Chinese brand 🙂

  5. Amby
    August 28, 2012

    I read somewhere sometime back that Apple, apparently , did threaten Gooapple of a lawsuit. Gooapple simply showed them a “Birdie” 😛

  6. JamesHD1997
    August 28, 2012

    haha, yeah, compare a phone to a laptop & sue them that it looks a tad similar. :genius:

  7. Frank
    August 28, 2012

    can Miui M1/M2 be used US? which carriers? I’m currently using iPhone with ATT, thinking about trying MIUI phones.

  8. Fel
    August 28, 2012

    Apple could sue pretty much all companies however the charges in terms of xiaomi and appearance are not really included into their current court cases where it was strictly about hardware design and technologies patents

  9. LucifeL
    August 29, 2012

    Lolzz this will be most improbable, but its ever comes to that… then i think china should ban all apple products from selling within its country and ask apple to shut down its manufacturing units within china and leave the country.

    ALthough if that happens.. they will find another poor asian country to exploit like cambodia or vietnam.

  10. 脱鞋大仙
    September 12, 2012

    frank,im using Miui x1 with tmobile in usa